Oops, she did it again. Susan Boyle sang her heart out again on Britain’s Got Talent and in a matter of hours, we’ll all find out if she takes the crown. Good luck Susan, we are rooting for you!
There’s one thing I love most about summer. And no, it’s not the bathing suits or the beaches. It’s great family movies! And I’m happy to report, there are plenty of them to enjoy on those lazy rainy summer days or after a long day lounging in the sun. Recently, we caught “Night at the Museum 2” and before we even walked into the theater, I did a Facebook poll and the consensus was that almost everyone who saw the film loved it. I’m happy to report, the Feldman family are among that list too. Ben Stiller is back to save the day when his favorite museum friends are whisked off to the Smithsonian where they’re going to spend the rest of eternity in a storage room. But this time, a few new characters add more hilarity to the mix. Hank Azaria is great as a tough talking Pharaoh with a lisp and Bill Hader from SNL cracked us all up as General Custer. Plus, Owen Wilson and Robin Williams are back with some laugh out loud moments and this time, there’s even a love interest – Amy Adams plays Amelia Earhart who helps save the day. And Jonah Hill is also laugh out loud funny as a bumbling guard who attempts to keep Stiller from touching a rare exhibit. There are some great one liners (“Boom boom, fire power”) plus a great twist at the end so don’t miss a minute. It’s action packed fun for the whole family.
Next up, is Up! What can I say? I am a sucker for animated films and anything created by Pixar is usually a grand slam. And this one definitely makes that list. Up! is the story of an old man who decides to embark on the ultimate adventure rather than spend the rest of his life in a nursing home. But unbeknownst to him, when his home takes off into the clouds, a chubby young adventure scout determined to earn his “helping the elderly badge” winds up coming along for the ride. Up! is a bittersweet film packed with laughs, action, scary moments, a goofy oversized bird named Kevin, tons of dogs that talk and of course, a happy ending. What’s not to love? If you’re still not convinced, watch the trailer and then hit your nearest theater!
So it’s day four of my quest to lose weight and I of course blew it yesterday by inhaling all the things you’re not supposed to eat while embarking on a healthy weight loss plan. For those of you trying to sincerely slim down in time for summer (rather than those of us who say we want to get thin and then dive spoon first into a gallon of Chunky Monkey), I’ve compiled that list below so that we are all clear on the foods we should not eat at all costs.
Food that I ate yesterday that you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting:
Two small biscotti – dunked them in my coffee at a bakery in Astoria with my parents. Operative word…why?
Pizza (from the movie theater – what a waste of calories – doesn’t taste great, lots of cheese, oil and a gazillion calories)
One cup of fruit juice – to wash down the greasy pizza. Ugh.
My son’s french fries and one chicken tender. Because I was hungry. Bad move.
The sweet potato fries on my own plate. I reasoned they were healthy. Healthy if I cooked them but they were from a restaurant. Can anyone say “fry cooker?”
Two glasses of white wine – that’s another two hundred calories that caused me to eat the next item on my list.
Marshmallow smores – two graham crackers are healthy. But the Hershey Bar and fat free marshmallow that’s crisped to perfection? Not so much.
One small oatmeal cookie – I ate it because it was there. Another senseless waste of calories.
I don’t want to tally up the calorie count on all these items because it doesn’t even include the meals I had to go with it. Let’s just chalk it up to I had taken temporary leave of my senses and I swear that today is a new day and I will live to eat healthy again. In fact, my new favorite website is Healthy Eats which offers a great way to cook burgers this summer without packing on another 10 lbs.
Oh – on the bright side – I did complete day two of my EA Sports Active and it was grueling. Lots of lunges, leg lifts, running, kicking and stretching. Plus a fun tennis game thrown in too (not real tennis, Wii Tennis). I burned 133 calories during that 33 minute routine. So in essence, I think I burned off my biscotti.
So now that I’ve confessed my serious binge, what foods have you eaten lately that you know you’d be better off just pasting to your thighs and calling it a day?
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